How local Italians are working to improve the lives of dogs

In 2010 Fiona Cole and Carlo Cesario rescued Dino Fortunato in Calabria, Southern Italy and brought him home to California.   Following their story online at the time reminded me of the ‘local dogs’ I met during my 3 months in Sorrento, Italy In large Italian cities you may notice dogs with owners in tow, oftenContinue reading “How local Italians are working to improve the lives of dogs”

Venice: the vera da pozzo: Water Wells

Venice may be one of the most photographed cities in Italy and well deserved. The canals, the colorful gondolas and the many bridges are only a few of the unique sites to photograph. It is easy to miss items that have a great story to tell. Sometimes only a local can share insight and storiesContinue reading “Venice: the vera da pozzo: Water Wells”

Pietre Dure: the art of hard stones

Florence offers a  view into the ancient art of Pietre Dure         Not a painting.    Stone Art        Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure Via degli Alfani 78 – 50121 Firenze Perhaps more familiar are the artistic techniques of mosaic, using small pieces of cut stone or marquetry, applying pieces of woodContinue reading “Pietre Dure: the art of hard stones”

Museum of the Liberation of Rome

    Museo storico della Liberazione, Rome  another unique experience to discover- beyond the tourist sites. The museum recording the liberation of Rome from the Nazi occupation is housed in a non descript apartment building not far from the Basilica of St John Laterna. Here you will find records of the Italian Resistance in 1944Continue reading “Museum of the Liberation of Rome”

Photos from Florence, Italy during the shutdown

  What is happening in Italy today? Italians have been under stay at home orders for weeks leaving the streets empty, stores closed and tourists returning home to wait out the pandemic. As a few of the strict rules are being changed or lifted, Italian cities are seeing a few signs of life.       Continue reading “Photos from Florence, Italy during the shutdown”

Italy: closed for months but locals became very innovative!

         Italians Became Creative during the shut down Italians have stoically followed the directives of their regional governments to stay at home since early March and finally have started to return to what will become the new normal.   Some worker were able to tele-commute from home while  non-essential businesses, hotels, restaurants, cafes, museums,Continue reading “Italy: closed for months but locals became very innovative!”

CookinPuglia Italian Cooking lessons: live

                             CookinPuglia!   Ylenia Sambati We offer private 2 hour workshops for up to 6 people, via Zoom and Skype in the comfort of your kitchen with every day classes. The class is designed for everyone who wants to enjoy a cooking classContinue reading “CookinPuglia Italian Cooking lessons: live”

Itailan Stories is bringing you chats with artisans in Italy A great way to pracitice your Italian!

Meet several Italian artisans though the efforts of Italian Stories.   You may want to practice your Italian at the same time! From tomorrow 18 April until 24 April we will be live instagram on the profile of Italian Stories, entering the laboratories of 7 amazing artisans who will tell you the secrets, peculiarity and difficultiesContinue reading “Itailan Stories is bringing you chats with artisans in Italy A great way to pracitice your Italian!”

Rome offers Surprises: You just have to search

Basilica di Santa Prassede, Romea photo review of a glittering interior Via di Santa Prassede, 9 I spend my weeks Home to Italy, walking the side streets, neighborhoods, cemeteries and marketsI discover in each part of the city I explore.   Often a small, plain entrance can offer an amazing surprise and on this dayContinue reading “Rome offers Surprises: You just have to search”